A resilient Debian GNU/Linux derivative for indestructible installations

For 64bit desktops

:: resilient

A Debian GNU/Linux (Buster) derivative with a unique partitioning scheme crafted for maximizing the strength against filesystem corruption: ISO9660 system partition is read-only by design at filesystem-level.

:: ductile

Persistence partition contains only the diffs from the stock installation; system updates and your data lay there – you can do complete system backups by just tar-ring only the files contained within that partition.

:: secure

Persistence partition can be encrypted with one click during the installation.

:: friendly

Resilient Linux has been thought for desktop and thin-client installations.

Elegant, easy-to-use desktop
Rock-solid system


In order to install the Resilient Linux image into your PC or Mac, first write it onto a USB stick. Follow the steps described depending on the operating system you use for creating the USB key.

Then boot the computer you want to install Resilient Linux into and just use the provided Installer.

Booting the computer with the live environment of the installer allows you to try Resilient Linux before installing.

Write the USB key from a Linux

Make use of dd; if the device file corresponding to the USB key is /dev/sdx for example, do:
dd if=path/to/resilientlinux.iso of=/dev/sdx bs=10M

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Write the USB key from a Windows

Make use of Etcher for the write,

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Write the USB keyfrom a Mac

Make use of Etcher for the write,

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Install into the target system

Boot the computer with the USB key and run the Installer application.

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In less than a minute, the Installer will easily install Resilient Linux into your PC’s hard drive. You can optionally set a password for encrypting the persistence partition.

You can test/use Resilient Linux in a virtualized environment as well, the same way you are used to do with any other operating system.


System user will be created upon the first boot with the GNOME Initial Setup Tool.

Use sudo for super-cow powers.

Download the image

Resilient Linux is a free and open-source project.
Please download the suitable build.


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Desktop thin client

Special build available soon.

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:: open source

Resilient Linux and Resilient Linux Installer are free and open-source software, whose development is hosted on GitHub.
Feel free to contribute to the projects.

Resilient Linux is an operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux which features a liveng partitioning scheme, https://liveng.readthedocs.io, originally thought for live operating systems. Resilient Linux, however, is hard drive installable: the liveng compliancy (programs and kernel updates with a readonly system partition) is thus suitable for “indestructible” hard drive installations.

Resilient Linux differs from the LumIT Labs’s liveng definition in the way the readonly second system partition is rewritten: a hook is called at every initramfs update and not only within a kernel package’s postinst. This allows using the standard Debian kernel packages and it’s more robust. Behaviour is accomplished by forking the live-tool package – see the /bin/live-update-initramfs file inside.

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